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October 21, 2016

How Adoption Is Brokenness and Love | Family Friday


Tears of joy and tears of grief. Adoption is born out of both brokenness and love. Going back to our adoption day video, 2-year-old Caidyn was handed to us by a cheerful nanny who had been our son’s most beloved caretaker in Tianjin, China. While our eyes were fixed on Caidyn easily coming to his mommy, the camera was recording. The camera captured the grief and pain written across Ms. Ma’s face, knowing she would never seen Caidyn again. As a foster family ourselves, we are familiar with the grief when a child leaves the last time. This transition is bittersweet, we see the transition involving the broken and the loved. This was one of many motivators in our pursuit of international adoption and for our sweet boy, Caidyn. Nearly 20 years ago a seed was planted in my heart to adopt. I experienced the pain of a wrecked family … Continue reading

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October 20, 2016

How to Change the Future for an Orphan | Mission Moment


Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is one story of a life changed by love. MEET RUSLANA Ruslana is a soft-spoken young lady with big dreams and a bright future, but her story hasn’t always been so hopeful. Ruslana’s mother wanted to abort her before deciding, instead, to place her in a Ukrainian orphanage. Ruslana grew up without the love of a family. In her words, “Though I was surrounded by many people, I was lonely.” When Ruslana was in fifth grade, volunteers from a local church began visiting the orphanage weekly. They built relationships with the children–including Ruslana–sharing the good news of the gospel that breaks the cycle of hopelessness. The volunteers taught the children on Sundays and hosted camps during the summer. When Ruslana was 14 years old, her life completely changed– I found out that the … Continue reading

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October 19, 2016

5 Answers to the Question: What Prompted You to Adopt?

Dan and Sarah are a Lifesong family. They brought their daughter home this year.

What prompted you to seriously consider adoption for the first time?” We asked members of our Facebook audience this question and received an overwhelming response. It didn’t take long to see that the answers fell into 4 basic categories: 1. Personal hardship. Various people shared about miscarriage, infertility, failed IVF treatments, and cancer. What a poignant reminder that even in life’s worst moments, God is working everything–every stab of pain, every moment of doubt, every second of disappointment–for our good. Stephanie wrote– “Shortly after we lost a baby to miscarriage, God brought people along our path who fostered/adopted to open us up to this choice in life. It was never something I planned to do growing up, but something God called me to later on in life. Even though this was not the life I had thought from the beginning or even before I was married, it was God’s plan for me since the beginning of time.” … Continue reading

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October 18, 2016

Important Update from Lifesong Haiti

Thank you for praying for Haiti! God never promised life would be easy, but He did promise He would walk with us every step of the way (Isaiah 43). On behalf of Lifesong Haiti, we want to thank you for praying for the work in Bercy, especially during the recent hardship created by Hurricane Matthew. On Monday night, October 3, we put out a request for you to pray for Haiti. Hundreds–perhaps even thousands–of you did, and we are grateful. As reports rolled in of Hurricane Matthew’s widespread destruction–vast flooding and unimaginable loss–we waited to hear about the children and families we are honored to serve. And then word came from the team overseas– We are overjoyed to share with you that there were no lives threatened in our community and no damage, just minimal clean-up. Thank you for your earnest prayers; it is clear God spared us from what could have been much … Continue reading

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October 14, 2016

A Letter to YOU from an Adoptive Family


It didn’t take us long to realize this letter was actually written to you. With all our hearts to the Lifesong family– We brought our sweet boy home forever last December and arrived in Texas on Christmas Eve, after praying for a solid year that he would be home in time for Christmas 2015. What a journey it has been over the last 9 months! As with all adoptions, there are many things families cannot predict, and our story is no different. We had prepared, read, attended conferences and spent time with adoptive families discussing attachment and bonding, anticipating this to be the most challenging aspect to our adoption journey. Although there was a definite and deep grieving period for Titus after leaving the foster parents that had cared for him from the time he was 8 months old until we took custody at 3 years, his bonding to our family has been amazingly smooth … Continue reading

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October 13, 2016

How to Spare a Girl from Prostitution | Ukraine Update


Greetings from Team Ukraine! Six years ago our transitional program began in Zap out of a rental house. Today–now that we have a great property with a transitional home, a pavilion, and a small family house–we can say that in due course, God has more than met our expectations for them. All of these buildings exist for the glory of God. The transitional house is filled with children who are mentored by a great and loving family. Each weekend, they invite kids from the orphanage to visit church with them and spend time with God as a family. They view the kids in the orphanage as future graduates and champions for Christ! Meet Veronica 19-year-old Veronica is our sister in Christ and a great volunteer at Lifesong Ukraine. Here is her story in her own words: My name is Veronica. I was born in Zap city in a broken family. When I was 4, … Continue reading

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October 10, 2016

Fundacion Esperanza Turns 3! | Bolivia Update

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Enjoy this update from the Bolivia team … As we enter springtime in Cochabamba, Bolivia, hopefully we are leaving behind the months and months of dry season and water shortages as the rainy season finally comes to the valley. Third quarter grades are out, and the kids are all buckling down to finish the year well. One of our middle school girls, Ruth, has proudly risen through the ranks of her school this past year. She started the year as “an normal student”–as the home’s educational psychologist, Maria Rene, says–but now she is the second best student in her entire school. As an honor for her accomplishments in the classroom, she is now one of the school’s flag-bearers during parades. She’s very proud of herself. Maria Rene said that this kind of attitude is really catching on throughout the whole house. There is healthy and encouraging competition between the girls that is pushing everyone … Continue reading

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